Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Just days before accepting the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart perfected their smooching skills during a 10-hour shoot for Twilight's sequel, New Moon, on May 27 in Montepulciano, Italy. From 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Rob readily puckered up to his gorgeous co-star, capturing the emotional reunion scene between their characters, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. "They were happy and laughing throughout filming," spills a set extra. "It was like they were the only two actors on set."

All eyes have been on cast members from the moment they descended on the quaint Italian town in late May. Pictures of Rob were placed in windows of village restaurants, bookstores replaced Tuscany guide displays with the Twilight series and the Montepulciano Tourism Center piled New Moon posters and fliers on its front desk. Despite all the attention, Rob's managed to share a few stolen moments with Kristen, who's maintained a flirty relationship with Robert while supposedly dating actor Michael Angarano. "I saw them surfing the Internet together," a hotel bartender at the Grand Hotel Admiral Palace in nearby Chianciano said. "They were looking and laughing at something."

The rest of the British heartthrob's time was spent filming -- and refining his six-pack abs. An insider reveals that producers told Rob to work out every day for the movie but believes the request was just a ploy to keep him from drinking the night before big scenes. "It was their way of keeping him in line," says the insider.

The charming rolling hills of Italy offered a marked contrast to the content of the New Moon shoot. "These are the most frightening and nerve-racking scenes," Ashley Greene, who stars as Alice Cullen, tells Life & Style. "It's when [the powerful Volturi vampires] are debating whether to kill Edward and Bella." But thankfully the Italian jaunt wasn't all dreary business. "I had a day off and went to Siena," Ashley, 22, told Life & Style at the MTV Movie Awards on May 31 in LA. "I took a ton of pictures and went to all the cathedrals. That was really fun. "Italy was everything it's cracked up to be," she continued. "We were in Tuscany, and it was beautiful. It was amazing. You step back and you're going, 'This is what I'm getting paid to do?' We didn't want to leave."

For more behind the scenes of New Moon's Italian shoot, new unexpected plot twists, PLUS what Robert Pattinson is really like straight from his best friend and 23 new photos of the cast, pick up this week's issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now!


And on the same subject...

Rob Pattinson is a bit of a mystery man on screen as edward Cullen and off screen as Robert Pattinson as well. What's he really like? Life & Style talks to a Sam Bradley and they identify him as Rob's best pal. The magazine notes that "Bradley co-wrote the song “Never Think” on the Twilight sound track, is playing Dallas’ TwiCon festival in July and had New Moon cast members cheering him on at his recent Vancouver, British Columbia, concerts.

So - How did this British rocker, who played three sold-out shows at LA’s Hotel Cafe in May, get sucked into the Twilight zone? “Robert was the new kid when I was 12, and I showed him around school,” Sam reveals to Life & Style. The boys became fast friends, later getting a flat together in London, where Sam looked forward to Rob’s expert beans-and-toast making.

“He’s very well-rounded,” Sam dishes. “Rob is a really great cook. He’s extremely friendly, very outgoing, very intelligent, very well-read. He loves writing. He’s really talented.” So talented that Sam tapped his pal to contribute to his upcoming album, co-writing tracks influenced by the duo’s families, travels — and loves.

“Rob goes for intelligent, experienced-in-life girls,” he tells Life & Style. “And any chance I can get, I would love to be having a romantic meal with a lady.”


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